• Trish Gribben


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    Trish Gribben’s work has always focused on the young. She was the first woman medical reporter in New Zealand, working for the Auckland Star in the l960s. Her name became a household word when she wrote Pyjamas Don't Matter, Nits and other Nasties, and Coming, Ready or Not, books illustrated by Dick Frizzell that were described as “like having a friend in the house” for young parents. Pyjamas Don’t Matter was translated into seven languages. In the early 1980s she wrote Living with HIV, a handbook for doctors to give to people newly-diagnosed with the deadly virus. She is author of the prize-winning My Sea is the Pacific—Aya’s Story and Samantha’s Story, both written with the photographer Jenny Scown and first published in l995. Samantha’s Story was published in Maori in 2004. Her book, Grandparenting with Love and Laughter, published by Tandem Press was on the Montana short list in 2001. She has worked as a freelance writer, researcher and editor. She played a key role in the development and production of You and Me, the prize-winning children’s television programme for TV3, and was producer of Parent Time, associated with the show. She has workshopped two plays for secondary school students. Trish is the mother of three sons and grandmother of six. In 2004 she wrote the text for Ron Sang’s major art book, Michael Smither Painter. At the same time she wrote and published With My Little Eye – What Michael Smither Sees for young children—a publishing first for New Zealand to have an art book for children and adults. Her next art book for children was Blast! Pat Hanly—the painter and his protests, published by Lopdell House Art Gallery in 2009. This book focused on Pat Hanly’s anti-nuclear paintings and was accompanied by an exhibition which toured New Zealand art galleries for more than two years. Currently she is working on another publishing first---an art book for children that itself will be a work of art. Watch this space! “I want our young children to grow up with our New Zealand artists’ images in their mindscapes, “ says Trish. “To see the world through artists’ eyes is magic for the young. It expands and enriches their young minds far better than any computer games!”


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